Cheryl C. M. Siran Running for Bencher of the LSO

We are pleased to announce that Cheryl is running for Bencher of the Law Society of Ontario.

Benchers are the name for the individuals elected to the LSO Board of Directors, who govern the profession. Benchers gather most months in a meeting called “Convocation” and play a critical role in the governance of the Law Society and the regulation of Ontario’s legal professions in the public interest.

Cheryl’s Election Statement is as follows:

The best protection for the public interest is a strong, healthy and competent bar. To accomplish this, we need Benchers who bring diverse viewpoints to the table and appreciate the daily realities of practicing in Ontario. I bring the perspective of a mid-level lawyer from a small firm the north, who knows the business of law, the value of innovation and the fundamental importance of providing access to justice to the public.

With half my practice as a solicitor, I appreciate the concerns of solicitors about the demands of this work, and the vital role we play in maintaining the fabric of communities across Ontario. I believe more solicitor representation is needed at Convocation to ensure that proposed changes to policies that affect everyday realities of practice will bring useful and needed improvement, not just increased regulation.

The LSO must also be a leader in transformative and innovative technologies that facilitate the efficient delivery of services. We need to think differently about the practice of law, and with that, how we govern ourselves, in order to properly prepare for the future. I am up to that job. I have operated a paperless office since 2011 and am constantly working to improve my delivery of legal services.

Through my leadership roles in the Federation of Ontario Law Associations (CDLPA), I have gained an understanding of the respective roles of the LSO, its justice partners, and government in addressing the issues facing the profession and the public.

I have strong and proven experience in addressing legal issues faced by the profession and am practical in my approach to problem-solving. I can bring fresh perspective and ideas to the table from the voice of a younger practitioner, a voice that I believe is currently underrepresented. I will challenge that status quo if necessary. If elected, I hope to advocate in Convocation for policy changes that will continue to lead us into the future.

We are pleased to support our partner and hope you will do the same! You can contact Cheryl at our offices at 807-468-9831 or email her at csiran@hsllaw.ca.

HSL welcomes Summer Student Phaedra Olinyk

Phaedra Olinyk

Being raised in Kenora by a homicide inspector and a Crown Attorney, my interest in law was more or less innate. But this interest was mostly one that was specific to criminal law – and that’s about as far as it went. My interest in the Criminal Justice System pushed me to pursue my undergraduate degree in Criminology at the University of Ottawa. From there, I decided I wanted to go to law school and eventually practice law in my hometown. When I was accepted to study law at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law I was absolutely elated. Little did I know at the time that my interest in law was about to expand in ways that I never thought were possible.
After my first semester of law school, I already felt my interests shifting. It was not only Torts that I had a profound interest in, but Constitutional Law and Property Law were also at the top of my list. This is exactly why, when I was offered a Summer Law Student position at Hook, Seller and Lundin, I could not have been happier. Not only did I get to now spend my summer working at a local law firm in my hometown, but I also get to continue learning and exploring a vast range of legal areas including Family Law, Civil Litigation, Property Law, Real Estate and even some Criminal Law.
My first month at HSL has been surreal. Despite the fact that it has only been a month, it already feels like I have been here for much longer. In this short time, I have been given the opportunity to both attend a variety of Courts, as well as make my first court appearances in both Bail and Judges Court – both as an agent for defence counsel (my mom never thought she would see the day that I was standing next to her in court, on the opposite side). Being in court for the first time was extremely nerve-wracking but it made me want to become a lawyer that much more. Being able to advocate for those who are unable to advocate for themselves is extremely rewarding and is definitely something I can see myself doing in the future.
I have also been given many opportunities to apply my skills that I have acquired throughout my first year of studying law to real-life files – such as performing a Negligence Analysis in a Civil suit, writing Memos and Factums, performing conflict checks, researching case law for a variety of files, and assisting in the formulation of a criminal defence. All of these opportunities have provided me with insight into what it is like to practice law in general, but more importantly what it is like to practice law in a Northern Ontario town. Every day has been its own unique learning experience, and I am becoming more and more confident in my decision to pursue a caree Read more

HSL welcomes Reid E. Thompson as a partner

HSL welcomes Reid E. Thompson as a partner: HSL is pleased to announced that effective January 1, 2016, Reid E. Thompson was admitted to partnership in the firm. Reid was called to the Ontario bar in July 2008, and started his career in the area of criminal law. Since joining HSL in 2012, Reid’s practice areas have involved to include residential and commercial real estate, First Nation law, as well as other corporate and commercial transactions. Reid brings a wide range of prior work experience to move a client’s legal need to resolution, and practical, real-life problem solving skills to the practice of law. Reid can be reached at RThompson@HSLlaw.ca.

Retirement of E. James T. Hook

The Partners of Hook, Seller & Lundin LLP would like to announce the retirement of our partner, E. James (“Jim”) T. Hook, effective December 31st, 2015. Jim practised in Kenora for 44 years, and over the years, Jim has applied his considerable legal expertise to assisting clients in resolving both routine and complex legal problems. Jim’s presence and experience will be missed. We are grateful to Jim for his innumerable contributions to building Hook, Seller & Lundin LLP and developing our team of legal professionals. We remain dedicated to continuing to provide clients with effective, efficient, and creative legal services with our team of lawyers, who have extensive experience advising and representing clients in all areas of law.

Hook, Seller & Lundin LLP welcomes Kimberly Riediger

Born and raised in Kenora, Kimberly graduated from Beaver Brae Secondary School before heading to Southern Ontario to pursue a higher education, receiving a BBA (Hons) from Brock University in 2011. It was during her undergraduate degree that she completed an employment law course, culminating in a business-degree version of a moot, which unearthed a passion for advocacy that led her to realize that legal studies seemed like a “natural fit”.

While excited at the thought of pursuing a career in the legal field, Kimberly’s passion for travelling caused her to make the decision to attend law school in Australia where, in her final year, she held a Director position with the Law Students’ Association. She completed her LLB in November 2014 and was admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in February 2015. She is currently studying for her Canadian equivalency exams and upon completion plans to commence her articles at Hook, Seller & Lundin LLP.